Category Archives: Weight Loss

5 Ways to Keep Fitness on the Front Burner

Has your fitness regimen taken a backseat to your new hectic fall schedule? It can happen easily when kids go back to school, the weather turns and the holiday hustle creeps up. If you’re struggling to fit in quality workouts now that summer is over, no worries! I recently stopped by Channel 5 WNEM to share tips on how you can reboot your fitness workouts this fall.

Tip #1: Find a Workout Buddy

It’s all about that accountability factor! Find a friend or family member that you can go to the gym or a workout class together with. Coming up with a schedule to workout together a few days a week. This will really help you stick to your commitment!

Tip #2: Track Your Commitment

Track how good you have been sticking to your commitment by logging it on a calendar. Go ahead and print out a calendar. Put a star on the days that you workout, and leave the days that you don’t get a workout in blank. This is an awesome visual reminder of how successful you’ve been every week and can be a great motivator to step it up!

Tip #3: Always Bring a Snack

If you’ve ever fallen into the “I’m too hungry to workout” excuse trap, this tip will eliminate it! Toss a healthy snack in your purse or gym bag so something is always there to save you making the choice not to workout.

Tip #4: Get Active on Social Media

For those times that you’re relaxing on the couch and our phone is nearby,  pick it up and follow 10 fitness professionals or workout gurus on Facebook or Instagram. Seeing inspiring posts from these professionals will help keep you motivated and committed to your goals! Interested in following Step It Up With Steph? You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Tip #5: Confidence-Boosting Exercises

Staying confident and committed is a vital part of your success when it comes to working out and leading a healthy lifestyle. The 30 day workbook I created is here to help you stay committed and feel confident in yourself so that you can reach your fitness goals!

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There you have it. No need to throw in the towel now that summer is over. Take these five tips and implement them into your new fall schedule. They’ll help you feel great all year long!

Weight Loss Programs for Women: How Emotions Prevent Weight Loss

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One key component of the Step It Up with Steph weight loss programs for women is that we focus on how your emotions and mental state contribute to what you’re eating and whether or not you’re exercising.

How do your everyday thoughts about yourself impact your weight loss success?

Did you know your emotions can keep you from losing weight, even if you use willpower to avoid emotional eating?

Learn more about the relationship between emotions and weight loss–and what to do about it in this video:

My client (who you’ve probably heard about by now if you’ve been in this community for a while!) who lost 83 lbs in just 12 weeks without any diets or gimmicks was mentally in the game. as she followed one of our comprehensive weight loss programs for women.

There were no maybes, woulds, coulds, or doubts when it came to the fact that she was going to hit her weight loss goal and thus lose the most weight out of anyone on the reality TV show that we were on.

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In fact, once she started working with me and using our 30 Days to Love Your Body & Your Life Workbook to even further boost her self-confidence in herself, that’s when we unlocked any mental obstacles or emotional struggles that she may have run in to along the way. We course-corrected before we even hit a jagged part in the road.

If I tell you everyday that the sky is purple, eventually you may start to believe me – even though logically you know it’s not. If you grew up in a household in which you were told that you needed to watch what you eat, or that “hard work is the only way you’ll reach your goals,” these messages are probably still ingrained in your subconscious mind, whether you realize it or not. And that’s where 90% of our decisions get made – in our subconscious.

So let’s take the example of “hard work is the only way you’ll reach your goal.” I used to believe this, too, until I started studying successful people, people who had reached their goals already. And what I realized was that it wasn’t just hard work that got them to where they are today; it was SMART work.

In my work with my private weight loss clients, we are not only fiercely committed to the goal, but we are also smart and methodical in how we get there. My clients are NOT held captive by diets or strict workouts.

They don’t have their head down 24/7 in a bowl of salad. Instead, we balance all of the structure with the emotional and feelings side of weight loss – something I don’t see any other weight loss programs for women doing.

If you’re looking to an integrative approach to weight loss and reaching your goals, then you’re in the right place.

Check out the free preview of what’s in the 30 Day Workbook here, or schedule a complimentary Signature Slimdown Session with me and we’ll talk through your goals.

We’re in this together, ladies!


 

Step It Up with Steph: 3 Weight Loss Myths with Dr. Chavez from the Raby Institute

Welcome to the Step It Up with Steph webisodes!

Today Steph is talking to Dr. of Naturopathy Dr. Chavez from the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern.

Find out the top 3 weight loss myths, and how you can lose weight fast and make it last.


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Did you know that summertime can be one of the hardest times of the year to lose weight, aside from the holidays?

That’s because in the summer there are typically more parties, outdoor events, and weekend get-togethers!

It’s like everyone comes out of the woodwork to get some sun, fresh air, and socialize.

That’s why now is the perfect time for us to launch our brand new “Step It Up with Steph” web series!

We’ve got brand new episodes for you all summer long.

Today, I’m sharing with you the first episode. I interviewed my Doctor of Naturopathy, who is a holistic nutritionist at the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern.

She’s sharing with us the Top 3 Weight Loss Myths –

This is only a few minutes and it’s packed full of practical info that you can use today to help lose weight faster!

All of my private weight loss clients work with Dr. Chavez to assess their hormone levels, nutrient deficiencies, and blood work to see if something medical is holding them back from losing weight. This is very common, especially for women in their 40s and up.

Make sure you’re checking your blood work and have a doctor on board like Dr. Chavez, who can help save you years of unsuccessful weight loss! I include Dr. Chavez in my private programs to get my clients results fast, that last.

Watch the video and let us know what you think in the comments below. Have you fallen for any of these common weight loss myths?

 

Weight Loss Coach for Women: Eat Fat to Get Skinny

Up next, our Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour from Step It Up with Steph is here to share with us why we need to eat more fat…to lose weight!

That’s right, as Chicago’s top weight loss coach for women, I’m telling you to eat more fat to get skinny.

And I’m using the term “skinny” very loosely here. It’s just a little catchier to say “eat fat to get skinny” but really I mean we need to eat fat in order to get stronger, healthier, and lose weight.

The body needs healthy fats in order to help reduce cravings, create glowing skin and hair, among other things. Here are some easy ways to incorporate fats into your diet:

Avocado
Cooking oils
Healthy fish
Nuts

Add these foods into your daily diet (except aim for at least 2 times per week of fish), and you’ll be fending off cravings and on the road to weight loss in no time!

Stephanie Mansour is Chicago’s best life coach and Chicago’s best weight loss coach for women. Steph is a corporate wellness speaker and a health and fitness expert in Chicago. Steph is a health and fitness on-air correspondent and coaches women in Chicago on how to lose weight fast and maintain weight loss.

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